Writers: How much better/worse would you writing be if?
Topic: How to write a good dialogue paper
July 22, 2019 / By Dianna Question:
...a scientist created a thought-to-paper translating machine. You don't even have to think up the exact words you are trying to say. You can have a simple thought about something, ANYTHING, and it will pour emotions, description, and dialogue you are trying to portray right onto the paper. If pen and paper went obsolete and everyone began to use these machines, how much better or worse would your writing be than using regular paper and pen?
Some people have creative, organized thoughts, while others have sloppy, mixed thoughts.
What about you? How much better/worse would your writing be if the new way of writing was thought-to-paper direct translation?
BQ: Do you think this machine would solve writer's block problems?
@SIlly Turtle: Exactly what I was thinking :) I always think of my story in a movie-like way. Most likely because I have difficulty writing though.
Best Answers: Writers: How much better/worse would you writing be if?
Caren | 7 days ago
I'd need a lot of training and self-discipline to use it properly. Or else my writing would need a lot more editing than it does now. I think about several possibilities for the next sentence or the next paragraph. At the same time, I'm thinking of other things in other parts of the book, or not related to the book at all. How is the machine going to know which of these thoughts it should be transcribing and expanding on?
Is it going to make any effort to keep the story on track? If I'm writing a "first kiss" scene and thinking I need to go to the shops, is it going to produce something like "She gazed into his deep brown digestive biscuits and inhaled the scent of his parsnips. He leaned closer to her and his lips brushed her delicate bread rolls, milk, flour, sugar, margarine..."?
Also, if the machine takes in a thought like "hero and heroine have their first kiss" and spits out 500 words of steamy prose, I expect it would have a fairly distinctive style. I would hope that readers (or better yet, publishers) would quickly learn to recognise this style and refuse to buy books that had been written with so little effort.
BQ: Yes and no. People who complain of writer's block usually say they can't think of anything to write. This machine will still need you to think of something to write. On the other hand, since this machine reads thoughts, if you hook yourself up to it, it *will* write something. Probably nothing like what you want, but it will write something. As I keep saying, the cure for writer's block is simply to write, without any thought (!) of whether it's any good, and worry about fixing it later.
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Originally Answered: Writers: Tell me about your writing?
What genre do you write? (Primarily horror, or realistic fiction...or a mixture of the two, if that makes sense)
What is the name of your current WIP? (The working title right now, which for me usually ends up being the actual title, is "Dead Stars Shining")
How many pieces have you written to date? (in total, about 9. Out of those 9, only about 4 were good)
In which of these pieces do you take the most pride? (that's a tough one, but probably this one--I'd rather not give the name out, if that's okay--that I finished two years ago, and am currently working on getting published. Somehow I made a good story with sincere characters and the writing was generally good and smooth, as opposed to the work after that one which had a great story but the writing was just...stiff)
If you could only get one of your pieces published, which one would you choose and why? (probably the one I'm working on right now, actually. Everything about it, for me, is going perfectly, especially the writing, and the story just as much. It is a work in progress, but you can usually tell when something's just gonna work, you know? Plus it's my most personal work so far)
What is the longest piece you have ever written? (That's a tough one, since I handwrite my stories first. My longest unfinished piece was just over 106,000 words, and having to give it up because it was faltering beyond repair was one of the hardest things i've had to do as a writer. I loved it while it lasted, but it died hard. Right now, my longest finished typed work is 76, 488 words, but the one I finished after that and am still working on typing is going to be longer)
What as the title of the first book you ever finished? (this is embarrassing, but it was called "Ignis Flumen," which is latin for "Fire River." It was hardcore, child fantasy stuff, full of dragons and magic and knights and all that. And I have nothing against fantasy...but mine was terrible)
If you had to use a pseudonym, what would you call yourself? (That...is a tough one. I would probably come up with some random name of some sort, and I don't know what it'd be)
Thanks! These are always fun to answer! And you should answer your own, in an "additional info" thing, if you're a writer!
I see my story moving in my head like a movie. I'm sure it would be a lot more descriptive. I see the surroundings in fine detail, but I'm not always describing the surroundings. And if I am, I wouldn't get into that much detail.
I also have ADD. Writing is one of the things that has not been affected by it.
But there are times when I'll be writing in good flow when all of the sudden, I'll have a random thought out of nowhere. I have to shove it back and keep going, hardly faltering.
Having a machine that did thought-to-paper would get some random sentences then.
I also tend to mock words in my head when I can't seem to get the right word out or mess up a simple word.
It would be interesting...
I once wrote 'action house' instead of 'auction house.' It ended up being sent to my readers that way. A small typo. But it makes me giggle now whenever I type 'auction house.' Because right after I type it, my mind says in a superhero voice and in a superhero pose, 'ACTION HOUSE!!'
I'm sure the thought-to-paper machine would catch that and then get a descriptive image of the underweared superhero in my mind...
BQ: I think it would take a step to solving writer's block. I have had a case though where every scenario I thought of for my character was out of character. But I think working with a machine like that, it could sort it out in my mind quicker than just me trying to type and work it out.
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Rather than making it better or worse, I feel like this machine would take away all the fun I find in writing. It's exciting to me to play around with my thoughts and the way I write them down on paper. This machine would just take all of that away and I wouldn't be in charge of how my thoughts are written down.
Also, writer's block probably won't be solved because I know when I have writer's block I simply can't think of anything.
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I guess it depends on how well the machine works. Just because it can turn thoughts/emotions into words doesn't mean it will be churning out Shakespeare.
Though I gotta admit, there are times where I just can't get my thoughts in words. Sometimes I know exactly what the "feel" of a passage should be like, but struggle to put the words together that would achieve that. Would sure be nice to have a machine in those cases.
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I would quit writing, since that wouldn't be writing and anyone could do it.
For me, the words used to portray an emotion or describe a scene are just as important as the general meaning of the scene/emotion itself. I would no longer want to write if this machine were created. It would make it simple and meaningless. Half of my enjoyment of writing is thinking up which words create the stronger emotion, which words fit the best, how the words flow together.
Answer to the BQ: I think this machine would "solve" writer's block in a way that would create completely terrible "writing" as the writing that comes out of turbulent period of writer's block is often lackluster and feels off.
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A lot of the time- worse. Most of my thoughts are all over the place, sloppy, and I go over the same paragraph or page in my head for several hours before actually writing it.
On the other hand, I can't count how many times there has been something in my head trying so hard to bust out and I just can't seem to find a way to put it on paper. It comes out eventually, but it can get messy and painful.
I don't think it would solve writer's block because if it isn't there, it just isn't there.
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Originally Answered: Writers: How old were you when you first started writing?
I wrote a lot as a kid and teenager, but didn't start writing seriously until I was about 22.
I actually didn't get very good grades in English class. I read ALL the time on my own, but the books I had to read for school were never as fun or interesting as the books I read in my own time, so I simply didn't put much thought or attention into literature until I was much older.
I only got good grades on writing assignments if they gave me the freedom to pursue creativity. Like we had to write our own eulogy, the speech someone makes about us after we die, so the whole assignment was a way for us to think about and write about our futures. For mine, I decided that I was going to be injured and paralyzed but persevere through those hardships and use them to make the world a better place. Everyone else just had these unrealistic, fake-sounding speeches, but mine sounded real and genuine because I didn't make my future perfect. It was the only A I got in English class that year.
That's what I love most, is being the person whose work stands out in a crowd. If my paper was going to sound just like everyone else's because everyone was writing about Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird I wasn't interested.
I guess this was just a long-winded way of saying, it doesn't matter how good you are in school. What matters is what's behind your love of writing, what's driving it. If it's a fun vehicle to earn fame or money then you'll run out of gas quick. But if it's sustained by your deepest passions, you'll never run out of gas, even when you're in the middle of a desert without a cent to your name.